Arsenal broadens its SSP reach

Arsenal Digital Solutions (formerly Usendit.com) plans to differentiate itself from other storage services providers (SSPs) by offering a full range of storage services, including primary disk storage and backup/restore, as well as other services via its partners. Arsenal plans to partner with application service providers (ASPs), Internet data centers (IDCs), telecommunications companies, hardware OEMs, and systems integrators. As such, the company plans to provide services beyond storage hosting and management, such as server and applications management.

Although Arsenal will in isolated instances manage storage at a customer's site, the primary game plan is to use existing infrastructures at its partners' sites. "We're not taking the route of high capital investment [as is StorageNetworks Inc.]," says Geoff Sinn, president and COO at Arsenal. "We're going to leverage the existing infrastructures of our partners."

In a recently announced deal, Arsenal partnered with Sun Microsystems and Metromedia Fibre Network (MFN). The deal combines MFN's end-to-end IP infrastructure with Sun's storage and server technologies. Arsenal in turn uses the infrastructure to provide its storage utility services.

Pricing for the storage outsourcing services is typically determined by Arsenal's partners.

Arsenal is also developing compression and encryption applications for the large-scale movement of data, and an open API to interface its storage applications with vertical applications, such as data mining, statistical analysis, collaborative sharing, etc.

For more information, visit www.arsenaldigital.com.

This article was originally published on September 01, 2000